Opera, Zorro and fiddlers on at the Barn

A schedule of shows at Banchory’s Woodend Barn looks set to thrill the whole family.

Deesiders may have to look out their tuxedos and evening dress as the Banchory venue is screening an opera by Placido Domingo live from Covent Garden on Monday (April 28).

The Three Tenors star is set to entertain when he appears in the lead role of the Royal Opera House production of ‘Nabucco’.

The Opera will be screened via satellite to Woodend Barn starting at 7.15pm and is the first time Domingo has taken on the role.
Verdi’s Nabucco was written in 1841 and based on a biblical story telling of the plight of the Jews under the rule of the Babylonian King Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.’

The screenings from Covent Garden are always popular and Woodend Barn hope to expand their offering with Opera’s broadcast from Glyndebourne and performances from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the coming months.

Also on is master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser who makes a welcome return to Woodend Barn on Thursday May 2 alongside Californian cellist Natalie Haas.

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today.

Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.

Natalie has also toured with Mark O’Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. She and O’Connor premiered his double concerto for violin and cello, ¨For The Heroes¨, with the Grand Rapids, East Texas, and San Diego Symphonies.

As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Irish super-group Solas

This is the opening night of a short UK tour for Alasdair and Natalie which sees them travel to Gateshead, Skye, Edinburgh and Uist as well as Banchory.

The performance starts at 8pm.

A more family-friendly night is in store as Zorro’s swashbuckling adventures are chronicled in the ‘Mark of Zorro’ on Fridat, May 3.

The play follows our masked champion – Zorro – as he ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game.

Originally produced for the Traverse Theatre, this production has toured successfully in the US including a run in New York with favourable reviews in the New York Times – “…a triumph” – and The Huffington Post.

The Mark of Zorro is a fun play for children age 8+ and adults looking for a bit of adventure. Watch out for ‘Z’s scratched on the ground, it could lead to a thrilling escapade!

Tickets available from the Woodend Barn Box Office 01330 825431 or at www.woodendbarn.co.uk